where

is the a

^{th}partial derivative in curvilinear coordinates, A

_{c}a vector and ê

_{c}a basis vector.

because that resolves to (after many headaches, deriving the derivatives of basis vectors and general cursing):

where h

_{a}would be the Lamé-coefficients of the specific basis. This is the expression for the gradient of a vector-field, not a scalar field, which should not come as a surprise of course, since (A

_{c}ê

_{c})

*is*a vector.

Should not come as a surprise. Surprised the hell out of me, though.

Apparently I have nearly managed to forget everything I ever learned about vector and tensor calculus - so I know what I will be doing the next couple of days...

Edit: Formulas generated via the excellent Texify webpage. If you can't see any, then Texify is dead or down - sorry about that!

**Edit the second:**Put in the formulas as images, so everybody can see them, even if Texify is acting up - thanks Stephanie for pointing that out!.

Catchy title, you wild man, you. Nothing gets a girl all excited like curvilinear coordinates.

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I couldn't see the formulas, but, let's face it, I haven't done math like that in decades. If I saw it, I would only be humiliated.

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ReplyDeleteI know Stephanie - something I'll try at the next party for sure! Nothing beats 'May I do vector calculus on your curvilinear coordinate system' for a pick-up line ;)

ReplyDeleteBtw, I fixed the formulas, if you want to bask in the glory that is the gradient of a vector-field.

Not that I'm not fond of you, Boris, but I really don't.

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